Each week during the summer, IL Indoor will track the progress of prospects for the 2013 National Lacrosse League draft. We’ll keep an eye on the Logan Schusses and Jason Nobles—the guys expected to be top picks—but we’ll also try to share how players whose ranking in the draft is a little less certain are faring during the summer and how it may impact their draft status. And if there’s someone you think we’re missing out on that lacrosse fans would like to hear about, let us know—my email is at the bottom of the story. To see what’s happening with some of the players that NLL teams will be looking to select this September, make the jump.
Logan Schuss overcame his disappointment at his Ohio State Buckeyes being knocked out of the NCAA tournament early to have an immediate impact in the Western Lacrosse Association. Schuss has played two games with the New Westminster Salmonbellies and has posted 4 goals and 5 assists.
Some draft prospects were taking part in the NCAA Final Four last weekend. Jason Noble’s and Rob Pannell’s Cornell team lost in the first semi-final to Duke. Pannell had the twin consolations of becoming the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer and winning the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s best player.
JoJo Marasco got a step further in the tournament. He was instrumental in Syracuse’s comeback win over Denver in the semi-finals, although the Orange went on to lose to Duke in the title game. Marasco showed off his shooting and his precision passing skills in the tournament. Nobody will know how Marasco will translate to the pro indoor game until he gets into a training camp, but his field vision and talent level should ensure that someone takes a shot on him.
A pair of big, strong defenders have begun their Major Series Lacrosse careers, giving scouts a chance to see how they are adapting to playing against the higher level of talent they’ll have to face in the NLL as well. Mitch Wilde has joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. After last year’s wealth of defenders who were selected in the first couple of rounds, this year’s draft doesn’t have the same depth out the back door.
That means that Wilde and Reid Acton will be attracting plenty of attention from teams hoping to shore up in their own zone. Acton has begun suiting up for the Six Nations Chiefs and has looked immediately comfortable playing with one of the leading Mann Cup favourites. In a battle for first place against Brooklin Wednesday, Acton spent some time matched up again Redmen superstar Shawn Williams and held his own.
One lacrosse prospect has made a bigger splash in another sport so far this spring. Burnaby Lakers draft pick Tyler Digby is a talented forward on the floor, but he’s also contributes to the offence on a football field. Digby was selected in the fourth round, 36th overall, of the Canadian Football League draft by the expansion Ottawa team that will begin play in 2014.
Jordan Houtby was a victim of the Redmen’s impressive depth in their own zone when he was scratched for their game against Six Nations. Houtby, however, has played in Brooklin’s other two games. He’s straight out of the mold of Brooklin’s defensive corps: solid defensively with some toughness and the speed and stick skills to help get the ball up the floor.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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